Adjunct Instructor of Russian

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver offers programs in nine modern languages, including majors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, minors in those languages plus Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, and electives in Arabic and classical Greek.

DU’s undergraduate Russian students acquire written and oral communication skills, as well as a deep knowledge of Russian culture, history, art, literature, and politics. The program works to actively support dual-degree seekers who want to pair their knowledge of Russian with majors like international studies, international business, and intercultural communications. Students build their study of Russian culture into honors projects, allowing them to graduate with distinction in the major. DU houses one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature, and students further expand their knowledge of Russian through DU's Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society. 

The University of Denver is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Russian program reaffirm these values and priorities in partnership with the University as a whole.

Position Summary

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences seeks qualified individuals to join our adjunct pool for possible, non-benefited, part-time teaching assignments in Russian at the University of Denver in the 2020-21 academic year.

Adjunct Russian faculty members teach 4-credit undergraduate courses. The opportunity exists to teach both introductory courses as well as higher-level offerings. The specific courses involved may vary from quarter to quarter and openings to teach these courses develop on a periodic basis, depending on departmental needs. At this time, we are searching for Fall 2020 instructors only; however, the opportunity may develop to stay on for Winter and/or Spring courses.

Adjunct faculty are compensated at a rate of $4,150 per course, and may teach up to a maximum of six courses over three academic quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring). This posting will serve for multiple openings.

Hires for Fall courses are required to start September 1, 2020. However, we encourage applications from those unable to teach in the Fall but would like to remain in our hiring pool.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Preparation of class materials.
  • Weekly office hours.
  • Guidance and support of students.
  • Participation in Russian program meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in teaching Russian language and literature to Anglophone students in the US at the college or university level.
  • Ability to work through email and to use MS Word and PowerPoint; ability to learn and use DU's Canvas course management system.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively with underserved populations.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Russian Language, Linguistics or a related field (e.g. Slavic Studies or Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis) by the time of application.
  • Native or near-native level fluency in Russian and English.
  • Experience teaching Russian language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or PhD in Russian, Slavic Studies, or closely related field, in hand by August 31, 2020.
  • Interdisciplinary breadth, with interest in including social, political, and other cultural contexts in all levels of teaching.
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching Russian language, as well as Russian culture courses in English.
  • Experience in designing courses, in assessing classes and programs, and in utilizing the campus management system for remote teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Application Deadline
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Monday, June 8, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter addressing your qualifications and commitment to Inclusive Excellence (IE) in the classroom. To read more about DU's commitment to IE please follow this link: https://www.du.edu/about/diversity.
  3. Two syllabi and/or sample lesson plans for elementary and intermediate language courses, proposed or actual. Other evidence of teaching excellence, such as sample assessments, link to video excerpts, and/or student testimonials, etc. are welcome.
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals that can serve as references.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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